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by Affiliated Film Producers
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Marriage training film dramatizing a partnership too fraught with conflicts to survive. Produced as part of a post-World War II initiative to make marriages more sustainable in the face of postwar dislocation. An unusually literate, neo-realist film produced by a talented group of documentarians. A series of films based on the textbook "Marriage for Moderns," by Henry A. Bowman. Director: Willard Van Dyke. Writer: H. Partnow (pseudonym for blacklisted screenwriter Millard Lampell)....
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Topics: Marriage, Social guidance, Gender roles
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by Affiliated Film Producers
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Husband and wife struggle to attain a balance of power in their marriage. This neorealist social guidance film was directed by Alexander Hammid.
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Topics: Marriage, Social guidance: Marriage, Gender roles
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by Chicago Film Studios of Chicago Film Laboratory
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favorite 17
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A teenage boy discovers how good nutrition (i.e. milk products) improves his habits, social life and bowling score.
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Topics: Nutrition, Health and hygiene, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Attempts to provoke teens into discussion on the complex issue of going steady. Provides little support for the practice.
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Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Social guidance: Dating
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by Coronet Instructional Films
movies
eye 53,904
favorite 68
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Phil (Dick York), new in his high school, follows his father's suggestion and observes the most popular students to determine what makes them popular. By offering to help others he becomes popular himself and sheds his shyness.
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Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
movies
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favorite 97
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A high school senior learns how and where to ask a girl for a date, where to take her for a good time, and how to avoid spending too much money or being bored by commercialized amusements. Director: Ted Peshak. Cameraman: Dale Sharkey. Writers: George Tychsen, Bradford. Editor: Dick Kirschner. Narrator: George Stone.
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Topics: Social guidance, Dating, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
movies
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favorite 99
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Shows teenagers how to plan and attend a party, suggesting games to play and songs to sing ("Jimmy Crack Corn").
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Topics: Social guidance: Etiquette, Celebrations, Parties
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by Coronet Instructional Films
movies
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favorite 100
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Two teenagers, wishing to marry early, visit their minister for advice and receive counseling, some of it quite pragmatic, the rest a little strange.
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Topics: Social guidance, Marriage, Gender roles
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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favorite 21
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Teenager and parents in conflict learn to develop mutual understanding.
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Topics: Social guidance, Families, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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favorite 37
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Nick cannot plan ahead, but is convinced to do so after imagining himself as a drifter or a bum.
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Topics: Social guidance, Morality, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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favorite 14
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Dick York plays a high-school track star whose running lags because of his lack of sleep.
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Topics: Health and hygiene, Sleep, Athletics
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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One of the best examples of post-World War II social guidance films, with examples of "good" and "bad" girls, proper and improper dating etiquette, courtesy to parents, and an analysis of what makes some people popular and others not. A scream and a sobering document of postwar conformity. Director: Ted Peshak. Cinematography: Bill Rockar. Writers: Robert Chapin and Patricia Kealy. Editor: George Wilbern. Educational adviser: Dr. Alice Sowers, Director, Family Life Institute...
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Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Gender roles
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Classic instructional film for teen daters, presented here in the rare (but incomplete) Kodachrome version.
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Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Dating, Gender roles
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by Crawley Films
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How far can young people go in petting and still stay within the bounds of personal standards and social mores?
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Topics: Sex education, Teenagers, Social guidance
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by Crawley Films
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Animated explanation of primary and secondary sex characteristics in adolescent boys and girls.
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Topics: Sex education, Medicine: Endocrinology, Animation
A/V Geeks
by Dept of Civil Defense
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eye 67,139
favorite 90
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Public service announcements by the U.S. Civil Defense office inform farmers what to do in case of nuclear attack using marionettes. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Topics: civil defense, atomic, puppets
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by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
movies
eye 5.9M
favorite 136
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Told from the viewpoint of a child, this film emphasizes that children should train themselves in good sleeping habits. In typical "Goofus and Gallant" style, it shows the advantages a well-rested kid has over his poor-sleeping classmate. Dreams are presented as a normal part of sleeping, and there is a funny dream sequence.
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Topics: Health and hygiene, Dreams, Sleep
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by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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favorite 55
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Do's and don'ts film portraying ways in which office etiquette contributes to success in office relationships. Follows a young woman who is seeking her first secretarial job and shows examples of good (and hilariously bad) on-the-job behavior.
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Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette, Occupations: Clerical
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by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
movies
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favorite 44
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Analysis of a child's fear of darkness leads him and us to understand the nature and kinds of fear.
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Topics: Social guidance, Children: Psychology, Psychology
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by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
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An insecure young teen boy who has just reached dating age learns how to plan and enjoy a date (with a girl at least one foot taller than him). With Studs Terkel (Swimming Coach). Producer: Milan Herzog.
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Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette, Teenagers
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by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
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Classic "slippery slope" narrative of post-World War II stoned slackerdom.
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Topic: Substance abuse: Drugs
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Ford commercial linking new compact cars to futurism and the space frontier.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Automobiles: Advertising, Futurism
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by Fleischer Studios
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Surprisingly licentious advertising cartoon produced by the Fleischer brothers.
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Topics: Animation: Advertising, Automobiles: Advertising, Sexualities
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
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favorite 34
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Proliferation of outdoor advertising billboards through Chicago and the methods of analyzing potential advertising sites. This part, shot in Kodachrome, contains a tour of Chicago's streets showing outdoor advertising.
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Topics: Advertising: Outdoor, Chicago, Consumerism
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
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favorite 103
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Lucky Strike cigarette commercial with stop-motion animation of square-dancing cigarettes.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Substance abuse: Tobacco, Animation: Stop-motion
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
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favorite 61
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Promotional film made for the City of Detroit, an unsuccessful bidder for the Olympic Games. With views of city highways, automobile manufacturing, a diverse population, and social activities, all shot prior to the city's economic decline.
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Topics: Detroit, Michigan, City planning, Race relations
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
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favorite 62
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Lucky Strike cigarette commercial with stop-motion animation of marching cigarettes.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Substance abuse: Tobacco, Animation: Stop-motion
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
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favorite 83
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Advocacy film produced to garner public support for the creation of the Interstate Highway System.
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Topics: Infrastructure: Roads and highways, Car culture: General, Manifest destiny
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
eye 13,772
favorite 31
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Proliferation of outdoor advertising billboards through Chicago and the methods of analyzing potential advertising sites. This part explains the strategy behind the placement of outdoor media.
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Topics: Advertising: Outdoor, Chicago, Consumerism
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
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This classic example of "capitalist realism" depicts a day in the life of Chevrolet workers in the U.S., while attempting to convince them that their own fortunes were inextricably linked to the fortunes of General Motors.
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Topics: Labor: 1930s, Consumerism, Automobiles: Manufacturing
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
eye 29,415
favorite 71
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Astonishing sitcom-style sponsored film encouraging increased consumption of electricity by an ever-increasing number of appliances. The plot pits a starry-eyed teenage girl against a geek whose main interests happen to be engineering and time study.
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Topics: Electricity, Gender roles, Houses and homes
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
movies
eye 42,781
favorite 74
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Astonishing sitcom-style sponsored film encouraging increased consumption of electricity by an ever-increasing number of appliances. The plot pits a starry-eyed teenage girl against a geek whose main interests happen to be engineering and time study.
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Topics: Electricity, Gender roles, Houses and homes
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by Hartley Productions
movies
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favorite 47
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Home-sewed clothes as high fashion.
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Topics: Sewing, Fashion
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by Knickerbocker Productions
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"Goofus and Gallant"-style film on the misadventures of a teenage girl who is a victim of her own bad habits, with a harrowing and patronizing narration.
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Topics: Social guidance, Gender roles, Psychology
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by Medical Arts Productions
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favorite 151
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Sex education film aimed at teenage boys, with the coach as authority figure and teacher.
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Topics: Sex education, Children, Gender roles
Community Spirituality and Religion
by N/A
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eye 71,948
favorite 57
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Truly amazing piece of religious propaganda from 1941. Alternately terrifying and hilarious; depending on your point of view. This short was featured prominently in Diane Keaton's film "Heaven".
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Topics: religion, Christian, propaganda
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by On Film, Inc.
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Remarkable, surreal industrial film promoting "Atarax," a tranquilizer, and asserting how "ataraxic medicines" can help us all to achieve the relaxed state we long for. Created by Coni Johnston, Mel London, Joseph Cole, Bert Spielvogel, Tracy Ward (a pseudonym for Virginia Bell) and by Rune Hagman, Delores Phox, Jeanne Sharp, Dick Brophy, M. Opelle, Herb Hagens.
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Topics: Psychology, Pharmaceutical industry, Medicine: Psychiatry
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by Photo & Sound Productions for Medical Arts Productions
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eye 109,718
favorite 121
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Menstruation education film for young teenage girls, redolent with dated detail.
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Topics: Sex education, Gender roles, Children
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by Prelinger (Rick)
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Official Prelinger Archives corporate video, describing its contents and mission. With excerpts of many films in the collection and rare scenes shot inside the New York vaults.
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Topics: Motion pictures: Ephemeral, Motion pictures: Archives, Prelinger Archives
Feature Films
by Rick Prelinger
movies
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PANORAMA EPHEMERA (2004, 89:35 min., color and black and white) is a collage of sequences drawn from a wide variety of ephemeral (industrial, advertising, educational and amateur) films, touring the conflicted landscapes of twentieth-century America. The films' often-skewed visions construct an American history filled with horror and hope, unreeling in familiar and unexpected ways. PANORAMA EPHEMERA focuses on familiar and mythical activities and images in America (1626-1978). Many creatures...
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Topics: United States (History and culture), Animals, Motion pictures (Experimental)
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by Sid Davis
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The inner life of an "at-risk" teenager, told in an idiosyncratic and often surreal manner. A key film by Sid Davis, who is beginning to emerge as one of the great unsung talents of educational filmmaking. Shot in working-class Inglewood, Hollywood and other parts of the Los Angeles basin.
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by Simmel-Meservey
movies
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favorite 69
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Experiences of two couples on a double date at the Junior Prom.
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Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette, Dance and dancing
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by Sutherland (John) Productions
movies
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favorite 212
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This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.
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Topics: Cold War, Animation: Advertising, Capitalism
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by U.S. Treasury Department
movies
eye 289,570
favorite 188
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Complex and disturbing anti-Japanese propaganda film produced to spur the sale of U.S. war bonds. CONTENT ADVISORY: Explicit racism and extreme violence.
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Topics: World War II: Japan, Propaganda, World War II: Homefront
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by Various
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Various
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Various
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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movies
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favorite 98
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Various
movies
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Various
movies
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favorite 96
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Various
movies
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favorite 60
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
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Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
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by Wilding Picture Productions
movies
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Dick York plays a Navy recruit who must learn to tackle his insomnia.
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Topics: Health and hygiene, Sleep
Drive-In Movie Ads
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Get the item that adds to your personal comfort. Lucky Strike cigarette commercial with stop-motion animation of square-dancing cigarettes. Teleconference meeting filmed in New York City, with participation from, and shown to, Philip Morris employees in various cities around the United States, to educate employees about public policy issues facing the Philip Morris companies and to encourage them to become politically active on those matters. Six videos were interspersed through out the event...
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Topics: Intermission, Cigarettes, Drive In Movie Advertisements
Community Video
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Tom Lehrer performing at a Maths lecture, some of the only footage of him anywhere on the internet!!! For more information on Tom Lehrer, visit the Tom Lehrer Community at: http://www.livejournal.com/community/tomlehrer/ This is a snippet in a better movie form from here: http://www.archive.org/details/lecture11842 Irving "Kaps" Kaplansky's 80th Birthday Celebration Audience: Learner: College Date: March 19, 1997 Language: English Audio/Visual: sound, color -Thanks, Cubehouse
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Topic: Tom Lehrer
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movies
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Uses vignettes, animation and comments by girls and boys to explore the medical facts and some personal feelings about menstruation.
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Topic: need keyword
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favorite 114
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0696 PA8508 Out of This World
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About the benefits of fertilizing and putting chemicals made by the Monsanto Company on your lawn and garden.
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Topic: need keyword
A/V Geeks
movies
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Santa magically creates a Punch and Judy puppet show to the delight of children at a Christmas party. WARNING! Parents may wish to watch this before exposing innocent eyes to the comic brutality of a Punch and Judy puppet show from the late 1940s - including some very non-PC scenes. Punch & Judy professor/historian Geoff Felix describes the film: The value of this film is that it is a record of a performance by George Prentice whose Punch and Judy show achieved great popularity in Variety...
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Topics: Santa, puppet chaos, senseless violence